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Democrats Introduce Bill for Debt-Free Higher Education

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A Congressional committee on education has introduced a bill that will largely overhaul the Higher Education Act, paving the way for an accessible and affordable higher education system in the U.S.

On Tuesday, July 24, 17 Democrats that make up the Committee on Education and Workforce unveiled the Aim Higher Act ─ a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that calls for an accessible and affordable higher education system in the U.S.

The bill seeks to provide every student an opportunity to earn a debt-free degree by investing in federal student aid, expanding the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and cracking down on predatory for-profit institutions that target students and veterans with expensive, low-quality programs.

“The Aim Higher Act is a serious and comprehensive proposal to give every student the opportunity to earn a debt-free degree or credential,” Congressman Bobby Scott, one of the members of Committee on Education and the Workforce announced. “It provides immediate and long-term relief to students and parents struggling with the cost of college, it puts a greater focus on helping students graduate on time with a quality degree that leads to a rewarding career.”

Susan Davis, ranking member of Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, said that the bill provides access to a quality education that will result in a fulfilling career for every American student, regardless of their race, gender, ability, or income.

The Democrats introduced the bill in stark contrast to the Republican’s Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform Act or PROSPER Act which was introduced into Congress in 2017.

“This bill is in stark contrast to the Republican alternative, the PROSPER Act, which cuts $15 billion from federal student aid,” Congressman Scott added.

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